Hey guys! I received an ARC of The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue from netgalley and I had so much fun with this book! It’s the sequel to The Explorers: The Door in the Alley, an awesome midgrade book.
Book One blurb: Featuring a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat, The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is the first book in a new series for fans of The Name of This Book Is a Secret and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Knock once if you can find it—but only members are allowed inside.
I mean I was hooked after that blurb- fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society?!? I don’t know about you guys but that’s one of my favorite books, and this one definitely didn’t disappoint. It has all of the elements of a great kid-mystery-solving-adventure: chase scenes, secrets, helicopter chases, volcanoes, and even a pig in a teeny hat!
This novel was such a fun read! Many midgrade novels will feel a little bit too young when you read them as a teen, but this one didn’t fall into that category at all! I was really interested the entire time, and I was invested in the outcome for the characters. It was exciting, funny, and kept me flipping the pages the whole time!
Evie and Sebastian and truly dynamic characters. They are definitely more well-rounded than many midgrade characters, and they truly felt real to me. Both are highly intelligent children, and they are both members of The Explorers, an elite group of adventurers. When Sebastian is kidnapped Evie must team up with Catherine, another explorer, to try and save him. Little do they know, Sebastian has been taken halfway across the world, and his only way out may be… a K-pop group.
The wacky twists and turns of this book kept me coming back for more the whole time. The dialogue was witty, with lines that actually made me laugh out loud. Additionally, this felt reminiscent of a good old-fashioned adventure book, with daring rescues and dangerous villains. I must admit, I’m totally a sucker for a good adventure, especially when kids are the ones leading the way.
Evie is an AWESOME role model for kids by the way. She is so smart and self-reliant and resourceful. She’s completely the kind of character I would have loved to read about as a little girl (and still do now tbh). She is independent, she knows what she wants, and she is intelligent enough to get it for herself.
Overall, this was a sweet and funny novel that had some really interesting characters and a great plot. I would highly recommend it for kids 7-11, and I think parents will enjoy it too. You can get it here The Explorers: The Reckless Rescue.
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂